The Running Man

Synopsis: In the year 2017, the world economy has collapsed. The great freedoms of the United States are no longer, as the once great nation has sealed off its borders and become a militarized police state, censoring all film, art, literature, and communications. Even so, a small resistance force led by two revolutionaries manages to fight the oppression. With full control over the media, the government attempts to quell the nation's yearning for freedom by broadcasting a number of game shows on which convicted criminals fight for their lives. The most popular and sadistic of these programs is "The Running Man," hosted by Damon Killian. When a peaceful protest of starving citizens gathers in Bakersfield, California, a police officer named Ben Richards is ordered to fire on the crowd, which he refuses to do. Subdued by the other officers, the attack is carried out, and Richards is framed for the murder of almost a hundred unarmed civilians. Following a daring jail break months later, Ri
Director(s): Paul Michael Glaser
Production: Vestron Video
  1 win & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.7
Metacritic:
45
Rotten Tomatoes:
63%
R
Year:
1987
101 min
402 Views


RICHARDS:

Then we try it outside. Move!

PRISONERS:

Let's go! Come on!

GUARD:

Get out of the way! Move!

PRISONER:

Open the gates! Open the gates!

RICHARDS:

Go ahead, do it.

Shut down the deadline, or we all lose our heads.

WEISS:

System's locked. Must be an encryption lockout. Damn!

COMPUTERIZED ANNOUNCEMENT:

Perimeter deactivated.

Perimeter deactivated.

CHICO:

All right! All right!

PRISONER #1:

No te vaya, Chico!

Chico! Amigo!

RICHARDS:

Chico! Come back!

The deadline's still up.

COMPUTERIZED ANNOUNCEMENT:

Armed. Disarmed. Armed. Disarmed.

WEISS:

He's not gonna make it.

That collar's gonna blow.

PRISONER #1:

Chico!

COMPUTERIZED ANNOUNCEMENT:

Sonic deadline is up. Sonic deadline is up.

Prisoner restraint collars armed.

Prisoner restraint collars armed.

Sonic deadline is up. Sonic deadline is up.

Prisoner restraint collars armed. Prisoner restraint collars armed.

Perimeter deactivated. Perimeter deactivated.

Perimeter deactivated. Perimeter deactivated.

(NIGHTTIME, A LOS ANGELES BARRIO)

SUZIE CHECKPOINT, ON GIANT TELEVISION SCREEN:

Please observe and obey.

(CAPTION):

LOS ANGELES:

Zone passes are required at all times.

Display passes properly.

All inter-zone workers with day passes

are reminded that curfew begins at midnight.

Anyone without a valid zone card after

midnight will be permanently detained.

Cadre kids, don't forget...

October is bonus recruitment month.

Earn a double bonus for reporting a family member.

ICS, your entertainment and information

network reminds you, seeing is believing.

(ANNOUNCEMENTS FADE TO COMMERCIAL ON TELEVISION)

DAMON KILLIAN:

What's the number one television

show in the whole wide world?

AUDIENCE:

The Running Man!

KILLIAN:

Yes!

PHIL HILTON:

Yes, it's The Running Man!

400 square blocks of danger, destruction,

demolition, and...

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Steven E. de Souza

Steven Edward de Souza (born November 17, 1947) is an American producer, director and screenwriter. He is among a handful of screenwriters whose films have earned over US$2 billion at the worldwide box office. more…

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